Best yet to come: Despite success, Lewis feels he can get better

MSU's Jameon Lewis had a lot of success last year, including 220 yards receiving in the Liberty Bowl. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

MSU’s Jameon Lewis had a lot of success last year, including 220 yards receiving in the Liberty Bowl. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – In many ways, Jameon Lewis had a breakout season for Mississippi State in 2013.

Lewis led the Bulldogs in receiving and set the school’s single-game record with 220 receiving yards in the Liberty Bowl. He also garnered national attention by rushing, throwing and catching a touchdown in the same game on two different occasions.

“I shocked a lot of people, but to me, I feel like I haven’t done anything yet,” Lewis said. “I’m glad I caught some eyes last year, but I think the best is yet to come.”

Lewis leads a veteran receiving corps that combined to catch 156 passes for 2,063 yards and nine touchdowns last fall. He is one of two fifth-year seniors returning along with Robert Johnson.

“Not only do we have experience but we’ve been putting in the work too this summer,” Lewis said. “We’ve been constant with it and haven’t taken any days off. We’ve been grinding as a team trying to get better.”

Waiting his turn

Lewis, a 5-foot-9, 187-pound former high school quarterback, had to wait his turn in the slot behind former Tupelo standout Chad Bumphis. In his first year as a starter, Lewis hauled in 64 balls for 923 yards and five touchdowns and is the SEC’s leading returning receiver.

“Tubby,” as he’s been known as since he was an infant, has plans to make an even bigger impact during his final season.

“I just have to stay healthy and go out there and perform,” Lewis said.

Lewis has totaled 2,819 all-purpose yards and has scored touchdowns four different ways during his career. He also serves as MSU’s primary kickoff and punt returner.

A former three-star prospect, Lewis led Tylertown to two straight state final appearances including the Class 3A title in 2009. His lone offer came from MSU. He received interest from Southern Miss and Ole Miss as well.

His father, Roy Walker, was a defensive back at LSU in the 90’s.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com